Using Amazon Alexa to Mess With Kids this Holiday Season

Mark C. Webster
Dec 21, 2016 · 2 min read

Fact: Kids Love Alexa

Last week my sister’s family came over our house, and my 5-year-old nephew Stephen was enthralled with Alexa. He first started by telling me to ask her things, then began asking his own questions directly. It was funny seeing what he wanted to know. My favorite was “Alexa, where is Dylan (his best friend) right now?”

How to Have Alexa Say Whatever You Want

  1. Go to Sayspring.com and create an account (it’s free).
  2. Connect it to your Amazon Alexa account (it will tell you how to do this).
  3. Create a Project with the child’s name and add a default greeting.
  4. Add commands for Alexa to recognize, and corresponding responses for each.
  5. Say “Alexa, ask Sayspring about {The Name of Your Project}”
  6. You will hear the default greeting you entered, then just start talking to Alexa. The session will end when there’s a Response with no Reprompt.

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Mark C. Webster

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Voice UI/UX Design, Product, Developer. Founder of @Sayspring (now part of Adobe). Editor of VUI-magazine.com. Prev: Co-founded SideTour (Acq'd by @Groupon).

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